2020 Cimarron Vineyard Syrah
TA: 5.8 g/L
Aged 5 months in 50% 2-year-old French (Giraud Cooperage) and 50% neutral oak barrels. Aged another 6 months in 100% neutral oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
We’ve been working with Cimarron Syrah for eight vintages now, and it’s become a real staple in our cellar. Not only does this wine make its way into a couple of our important blends, we always pull our favorite two or three barrels for a vineyard/varietal designate. It’s become such a reliable old pal that we sometimes forget what amazing wine this stuff actually makes. With its dark, brooding fruit, green spice, floral notes of lavender and its dense tannins, Cimarron regularly puts out one of the most complex and complete Syrahs we’ve ever seen in Arizona. Only two barrels produced.
Willcox AVA – Cochise County - 96% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 9th - 4% Syrah from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 9th - Sugar at harvest: 24.9 Brix
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Lot was left ~25% whole cluster. Inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Clos, VRB & Ionys WF). Hand-punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 2 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 11 days skin contact. Settled 1 day before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 5+ years